/It’s official: Face masks are no longer required outdoors in California for fully vaccinated – San Francisco Chronicle

It’s official: Face masks are no longer required outdoors in California for fully vaccinated – San Francisco Chronicle


California updated its guidance on face coverings for fully vaccinated people Monday, matching recommendations made by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week.

California’s Department of Public Health says face coverings are no longer required outdoors for fully vaccinated people except in crowded settings such as performances, festivals and sports events. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their last shot.

Those who are not fully vaccinated should continue wearing face coverings outdoors when they can’t maintain distancing of at least six feet, the state says.

Face coverings are also still required in all indoor settings except people’s homes, as well as on public transit, regardless of vaccination status.

“After reviewing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s masking recommendations, and with science and data as our guide, we are moving to align California’s guidance with these common sense updates,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement.

In addition to the updated outdoor guidance, California will now allow fully vaccinated people to visit with other fully vaccinated people in indoor or outdoor settings without wearing masks or maintaining distancing.

They can also visit indoors or outside, without wearing face coverings or maintaining distancing, with unvaccinated people from a single household at low risk for severe COVID-19.

County health departments can still impose more stringent rules than the state’s, although most Bay Area counties told The Chronicle they would align with the new guidelines. San Francisco did so shortly after the state announcement.

Aidin Vaziri is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: avaziri@sfchronicle.com

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